Mamata wants EC to ban parties calling for strike


On the first day of the nationwide strike called by trade unions, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the people of the state have rejected the stir. She also requested the Election Commission to ban political parties that call for bandh.

"We will request the Election Commission that for public interest they should ban those political parties which convene a bandh,'' she said.

Her statement drew flak from the Left parties. It is unconstitutional and untenable. How can you ban bandhs?" asked Pradip Bhattacharya, president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee. MP Gurudas Dasgupta of CPI even dared Mamata when he said, " Let her impose a ban in Bengal. We will fight it to the hilt." Mamata also promised sops for establishments that remained open on Wednesday. The CM visited places like Burrabazar, Rashbehari, Babughat and Hazra Crossing to take stock of the situation.

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